The amount of caffeine in Folgers coffee varies between their various products. Folgers sells varieties that range from decaf to bold flavors, and each contains at least some caffeine. Though caffeine may be just what you need to get started in the morning, it is possible to drink too much.
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How much is too much?
According to the Mayo Clinic, up to 400 milligrams of caffeine a day is safe for most adults, which they state is about 4 cups per day. The USDA supports this claim. They state that 1 cup (8 fluid ounces) of prepared coffee has contains 96 milligrams of caffeine.
Read more: How Many Cups of Coffee Can You Drink a Day?
Too much caffeine each day can result in some unpleasant side effects. Some potential side effects of too much caffeine can include restlessness, irritability, inability to fall asleep, frequent urination, fast heartbeat and headaches. People who are more sensitive to caffeine may start feeling some of the effects after only one cup of coffee.
People who find they turn to coffee to stay awake, or to compensate for their lack of sleep, should make an effort to get more rest. Adequate sleep provides many health benefits to a person, and helps keep them healthy and energetic. If you find yourself using caffeine because you are constantly tired, you may want to try getting more sleep each night.
Certain groups of people should not consume much or any caffeine. Adolescents should limit their caffeine intake, and avoid using it with other drugs such as alcohol. Children should avoid caffeine altogether, and women who are pregnant, who may become pregnant, or who are breastfeeding, should talk to their doctor about restricting their caffeine intake.
Finally, according to a March, 2019, study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, too much coffee may cause a modest increase in the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. The study looked at people who drank in excess of 6 cups, per day. The associated risk was due to the caffeine content in coffee.
Folgers Caffeinated Blends
Folgers has several varieties of caffeinated coffees for you to choose from. Each one can have a different amount of caffeine. So if you are looking to limit your caffeine intake, you should take note of how much caffeine your preferred variety may offer.
Folgers Classic Roast's caffeine content is about 148 milligrams in per 12 fluid ounce serving of the instant variety, according to the [Center for Science in the Public Interest](https://deploymentpsych.org/system/files/member_resource/Caffeine content list.pdf). This means that Folgers classic roast's caffeine is about average for how much caffeine a single, 8 ounce cup of coffee contains. However, if you brew 12 ounces, you should account for the increased size and amount of caffeine you will be consuming.
By comparison, the Center for Science in the Public Interest also identified the caffeine content in Folgers House Blend ground coffee. According to their report, the House Blend contains about 60 to 80 milligrams of caffeine in a 6 ounce serving of coffee. This is what you would make from 1 tablespoon of grounds.
Folgers Decaf Coffee Caffeine Content
Like most major coffee manufacturers, Folgers offers a decaffeinated blend for people who are looking to reduce their caffeine intake, but who still enjoy the taste of coffee. But despite the name, decaffeinated coffee is not actually completely caffeine-free. In fact, J. M. Smucker's (owner of Folgers coffee brand) Smart Label website lists their decaf blend as 99.7 percent caffeine free.
By this measure, Folgers decaf coffee's caffeine content in a 6 ounce cup of coffee would be about .24 milligrams of caffeine. This information comes from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, but may not be completely accurate.
In large part, this is due to Folgers not listing the exact amount of caffeine that their decaffeinated coffee still contains. In fact, Folgers and other coffee companies do not need to disclose caffeine or other nutrition information on their label, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Though this may not be an issue for most people, if you are concerned about how they decaffeinate their beans, you may not be able to find the answer.
- Center for Science in the Public Interest: "Coffees"
- Mayo Clinic: "Caffeine: How Much is Too Much?"
- Consumer Reports: "Is Decaffeinated Coffee Bad for You?"
- Center for Science in the Public Interest: "Caffeine Chart"
- American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: "Long-Term Coffee Consumption, Caffeine Metabolism Genetics, and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease: A Prospective Analysis of Up to 347,077 Individuals and 8368 Cases"
- Smart Label: "Folgers® Classic Decaf Coffee"
- United States Department of Agriculture National Nutrient Database: "Coffee, Brewed"